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Red BallTreatise On Purgatory
Catherine of Genoa
Published in 1946 by Sheed & Ward. Includes a brief synopsis of her life (1447-1510).

Red Ball"Catholicism and Fundamentalism" Purgatory
by Karl Keating
Chapter taken from the book "Catholicism & Fundamentalism." This book is the only full-length treatment of the issues arising between Catholics & Fundamentalists (& also Evangelicals). Anti–Catholic challenges are presented in the words of the challengers themselves. then the Catholic teaching on each major issue in dispute-from infant baptism to inspiration, from the papacy to penance, from saints to salvation–is demonstrated from Scripture, writings of the earliest Christians, & common sense

Red BallThe Existence of Purgatory
by Church Fathers
A fundamental truth of the Christian faith is that we will not be sinning in heaven. Sin and final glorification are incompatible. Therefore between the sinfulness of this life and the glories of heaven we must be made pure. Between death and glory there is a purification. The concept of a purification after death from sin and the consequences of sin is also stated in the New Testament in passages such as 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, Matthew 5:25-26, and 12:31-32.

Red BallRead Me Or Rue It
Father Paul O'Sullivan
This booklet tells us all about Purgatory and its sufferings. It shows us how to help the Poor Souls as well as to avoid going to Purgatory ourselves.

Red BallThe Good News About Purgatory:
The Catholic Church and The Bible

Reflections by Fr. Herbert C De Launay
on Purgatory based primarily on the Bible especially the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle C, February 5, 1995

Red BallHow To Avoid Purgatory
by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan
Can we avoid Purgatory? If so, how? This file discusses the means: removing the cause, penance, suffering, sacraments, asking God, resignation to death, indulgences, the third orders and by helping the poor souls.

Red BallHow To Explain Purgatory to Protestants
by James Akin
Okay, your protestant friend or co-worker approaches you and wants to talk purgatory. What should you tell him? Find out here.

Red BallMessage for Millennium of All Souls Day
Pope John Paul II
The Holy Father issued this Message to mark the millennium of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, commonly known as All Souls' Day and established by St Odilo, as well as the centenary of the foundation of the Archconfraternity of Our Lady of Cluny, and the 40th anniversary of the bulletin Lumiere et vie.
2 June 1998

Red BallExsurge Domine
Pope Leo X
Condemning The Errors Of Martin Luther
June 15, 1520

Red BallMartyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity
Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas. An account of the martyrdom, on 7 March 202, of the three catechumens Saturus, Saturninus and Revocatus, and two young women, Vibia Perpetua, 22 years of age with an infant son, and her slave Felicitas, who was pregnant when arrested and gave birth to a girl shortly before her death in the arena. Cc. 3-10 are Perpetua's own diary; cc. 11-13 are by Saturus. The resemblance in phrase, syntax, words and ideas between the Passion and Tertullian's works Ad martyras (ANF3-23.TXT) and De patientia (ANF3-25.TXT) indicate that Tertullian may be edited the work and written the remaining chapters. Perpetua's visions are important for knowledge of the eschatological views of early Christians, including belief in purgatory.

Red BallBefore God's Throne
Fr. Patrick J. McHugh
Meditations on the Gospels and Second Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Red BallHidden With Christ In God
Fr. Patrick J. McHugh
'The teaching of the Church on Purgatory is profound and rich. The Lord bursts into our lives, smashes our hopes and dreams and reduces all we tried to do to a pile of rubble. God treats His friends in strange ways.' Fr. Patrick J. McHugh discusses Purgatory

Red BallMeditations for the Parishioner
Fr. Patrick J. McHugh
The teaching of the Church on Purgatory is, when rightly understood and deeply lived, a glorious and consoling doctrine.

Red BallReflection on the
Bull Incarnationis Mysterium

Tullio Citrini
The author's reflection on the spiritual pedagogy, or teaching, on indulgences contained in the Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium for the Great Jubilee appeared in L'Osservatore Romano

Red BallPurgatory
by Catholic Encyclopedia
Purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.

Red BallPurgatory
by Fr William Most. This article discusses the necessity of purgatory and also Luther's beliefs regarding purgatory.

Red BallPurgatory
This was the ninth and last under the Supreme Pontiff, Pius IV, begun on the third and closed on the fourth day of December, 1563 Decree concerning Purgatory

Red BallPurgatory A Brief Explanation
by Steve Ray
Actually Purgatory is something that was believed by early Church and the Apostles. One needs only study the early writings to find that Protestant theology opposed to Purgatory is of very recent origins. Purgatory simply means "purging" and refers to the final purging of sin and self–love before we are face to face with God

Red BallPurgatory: Holy Fire
Scott Hahn
The following is the transcript of Scott Hahn's audio and video tape presentation, 'Purgatory, Holy Fire' as it appears in the 'Catholic Adult Education on Video Program' with Scott and Kimberly Hahn. This program deals with the Catholic doctrine of purgatory and how it is necessary in understanding the application of Christ's redemptive work in salvation. Using Scripture, Scott explains the Hebrew concept of sheol or the netherworld.

Red BallWhat is the Basis for the Belief in Purgatory?
by Fr. William Saunders
This article appeared in the November 16, 1995 issue of The Arlington Catholic Herald.

Red BallPurgatory
James Akin
A fundamental truth of the Christian faith is that we will not be sinning in heaven. Sin and final glorification are incompatible. Therefore between the sinfulness of this life and the glories of heaven we must be made pure. Between death and glory there is a purification.

Red BallPurgatory
Fr. Frank Sofie
Basic information on Purgatory compiled by Fr. Sofie, a priest of the diocese of Mobile

Red BallTwenty-Fifth Session of the Council of Trent
This was the ninth and last under the Supreme Pontiff, Pius IV, begun on the third and closed on the fourth day of December, 1563 Decree concerning Purgatory

Red BallThe Gift of Indulgence
Apostolic Penitentiary
Even after receiving forgiveness for his sin through the sacrament of Penance, a person needs purification and renewal through Christ's grace. The gift of indulgence is an effective means to purification. This notice of the Apostolic Penitentiary recalls the necessary dispositions for fruitfully gaining the Jubilee indulgence

Red BallDecree Fourth Edition of the
Enchiridion Indulgentiarum

Apostolic Penitentiary
With this decree, the 1968 edition of the official manual of indulgences was reissued, with changes, in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000

Red BallIn praeclara summorum
Pope Benedict XV
On Dante
Promulgated on April 30, 1921

Red BallQuod Anniversarius
Pope Leo XIII
On the Occasion of the Sacerdotal Jubilee of Leo
Promulgated on April 1, 1888

Red BallEschatology
Catholic Encyclopedia
That branch of systematic theology which deals with the doctrines of the last things. This article covers different ethnic eschatologies, Old Testament eschatology and Catholic Eschatology

Red BallHeaven, Hell and Purgatory
Pope John Paul II
In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, the Holy Father pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of the spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist.
Heaven: 28 July 1999, Hell: 4 August 1999, Purgatory: 11/18 August 1999

Red BallIndulgences Are Not
Invention of Medieval Age

In presenting the new edition of Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (guidelines on indulgences) Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, responded to charges that the doctrine of indulgences is a medieval innovation. It is rather based on three traditional tenets of theology: 1) the temporal penalty owed for sins, 2)the communal dimension of sin and satisfaction, and 3) the treasury of merits of Christ and the Saints